Church Leadership

Grant Austin

Operations Director

Grant, born and raised in Gillette, has attended New Life for most of his life. In 2013 Grant graduated from Western Governors University and on April 13, 2013 he married his wife Lindsey. Grant is happy to be a part of what Christ is doing at New Life and how New Life is being used by God to show non believers that there is a one true God and he loves you more than you will ever know.

Mitch Austin

Service Director

Mitch was born and raised in Gillette, calling New Life home as long as he can remember. He studied music at Black Hills State University, and graduated in the fall of 2012. Mitch enjoys the church gathering to worship as one voice.

Paul Baughman

Discipleship Pastor

Paul graduated from Geneva College in 1991 with dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Business. After serving in volunteer youth ministry for several years, God called him to leave engineering for seminary. He has served for more than 17 years as a pastor at churches in Pennsylvania prior to the Lord opening the door for ministry at New Life. In 2000 he married Karen and along the way they have been blessed with four ridiculously cute (and loud) children. He is passionate about seeing people deepen in their walk with the Lord and also loves going to playgrounds (with the kids, of course)

Karen Baughman

Office Manager & Love Gillette Coordinator

Karen is married to Paul and is thrilled to be serving the Lord at New Life. She is a graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Speech Communications and Theatre Education. She loves the Lord, her husband, her kids, spending time with people and all things creative. When she isn’t involved in ministry, she homeschools their four kids, makes yummy food, and plays to avoid cleaning the house.

Tracy Bostick

Facilities Manager

Josh Burr

Worship Pastor

Josh graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s
degree in Pastoral Ministry and a minor in Worship Arts. In Bartlesville, OK,
where he attended university, he was the Worship Pastor at a local church for
four years. He is passionate about teaching what worship is and why worship
matters. If it interests you to learn more, or if you have a passion to serve, don’t
be afraid to reach out. He is excited to hear your story!

Anna Hedrix

Hospitality Director

Elly Henning

Life Group Director

Elly grew up in Gillette and then attended college in Grand Junction, Colorado where she studied Political Science. She then left the West for a career in Washington, D.C. working for U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., as his press secretary for seven years. Elly returned to Gillette in 2011 and soon after she met Robert Henning and they married in 2013. Robert is the Director of the Rockpile Museum. Robert and Elly welcomed their son Samuel into the world in May of 2016. They are also the proud parents of Angus and Cashew, their Dachshund/Chihuahua mix dogs. They enjoy live music, game nights with friends and being involved in their church and community. Elly loves making people feel welcome at church and also in her home.

Sara McCormick

Youth Director

Sara was born and raised in Germany until 2001 when her family moved to Gillette. She graduated high school from CCHS in 2011 and attended Gillette College on a basketball scholarship for two years, then transferred to the University of Wyoming and studied there for two years. She started attending New Life Sunday services and youth group in 2008. Sara is currently pursuing a district pastoral license through the Oklahoma Wesleyan online Program and hopes to pursue a career in youth ministries.

Darci Wilson

Children's Pastor

Darci was married to Mike Wilson on March 15, 2008. She received her undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degrees from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK. She is originally from Sharon Springs, KS, where her father continues to raise cattle. Darci worked in University Student/Professor relations prior to moving to Gillette in 2011.

Mike Wilson

Lead Pastor

Mike received his undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degrees from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Barltesville, OK. He is originally from Olathe, KS where he worked with Pastor Billy (brothers) to plant a small church. He previously served as the Resident Director, Worship Director, and Staff Council President at his alma mater. Mike has a passion to see the joy of new life in Christ spread to those who have not yet experienced His grace, and he passionately serves the kingdom by creating a joy-filled atmosphere of worship.